Montoya's memories of a lost rival and rising star
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Montoya's memories of a lost rival and rising star

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Twenty years ago this week, rising star Gonzalo Rodriguez lost his life at Laguna Seca just as he was on the cusp of a career breakthrough having secured a top Indycar drive. His friend and rival Juan Pablo Montoya remembers him

At Spa two weeks ago, a promising young talent - Anthoine Hubert - was lost in an instant, just as he seemed to be on the road to achieving his dream after years of building it with passion, dedication and a bit of stubbornness.

Twenty years ago this week, the same happened to another young driver in a similar position - though in Gonzalo Rodriguez's case, Spa had been the scene of some of his greatest moments rather than his tragedy. It was at Laguna Seca, in practice for what would have been his second Indycar race, that Rodriguez lost his life on 11 September 1999, aged 27, in a practice crash at the Corkscrew.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Author Diego Mejía